The Green House Update

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Hello! We are settling into The Green House slowly. It will take awhile to be completed as we still have major projects to finish such as trim and (cough) putting on room and closet doors. πŸ˜‰ We are taking our time to find the right furniture, but we are IN and we are loving it.

The “remodel” for lack of a better termβ€”I suppose “update” would suffice as wellβ€”has been underway for over a month now so I figured I could show a few in-progress pictures now that the main things are done.

We didn’t take great “before” pictures of the house. Clearly we were too excited to get the update moving along. Here is what the home looked like inside when we bought it:

Caveman tearing out a wall

I already shared this one, but it provides the best look at the living room:

kids picnic on floor

kid on ladder

Really, the house was beautiful as-is. We could have lived very happily in the home without doing any updates, and at first we planned to move in and do the remodel later. Wise council encouraged us to get the jobs done BEFORE we got settled, so we shifted our timeline to account for putting in new hardwood floors throughout the house (except for the bathroom) and painting the interior.

The first day we owned the home, we gathered brave family members and friends who apparently love us very much… and got busy tearing out that half wall and the floors.


I am, at this moment, sitting exactly where the wall would have been. πŸ™‚

Then the house looked like this:

construction on house

And this:


Then we discovered some water damage in the subfloor and certain rooms looked like this:

subfloor torn up

At this point we purchased an engineered hardwood product just days before the Lumber Liquidators snafoo emerged. We felt more comfortable switching our plans to include a natural hardwood.Β  We exchanged the engineered product for unfinished 3/4″ maple planks, which added more installation and finishing time to our house update.

We painted the ceilings a nice, bright white-white. (Well actually, amazing, kind, hard-working friends mostly did the work.) Then we realized it wasn’t really worth our time and we hired someone to paint the most of the interior walls, which was a very good decision. πŸ˜‰

Then the floors started to go down and the house looked like this:

GreenHouseReno_ (6)Kitchen_watermarkAnd this:

GreenHouseReno_ (8)Hallway_watermark

And this!!! (That’s Caveman’s and my room, by the way.) :

GreenHouseReno_ (11)Master_watermark

I’m going to stop there for now. πŸ™‚

Soon I’ll post pictures of what the home looks like now that we’re in it (eee!), but at this point, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped us with this huge project.

So many of our friends and family worked tirelessly and selflessly, donated their Saturdays and evenings to help us rip up floors and clean and paint and even watch kids. We have THE BEST friends in the world; we feel so blessed and humbled by all the love shown through practical help and prayers.

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  • Jayleen @ How Do The Jones Do It
    April 13, 2015

    It’s coming along very nicely! Can’t wait to see the finished home!

    • Evelyn
      April 13, 2015

      Thanks Jayleen! Haha… i can’t wait either. πŸ˜‰

  • Connie
    April 14, 2015

    I love all the ideas you and Dan Implicated in making more usable space for the fam, love the new floors, love the open concept. Can’t wait until our coffee date!

    • Evelyn
      April 15, 2015

      Thanks Connie. I’m looking forward to our coffee date too! πŸ™‚

  • Jesse May
    April 22, 2015

    So exciting to see!!! Thanks for sharing the progress!

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